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NEA Awards Grants to NAMT and Our Members

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced that it will award over $27 million in grants to fund artistic projects and research, with $3.28 million going to companies working in the field of Theater & Musical Theatre. Many NAMT members have been selected to receive grants in this cycle, including $55,000 to NAMT itself, in support of our Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference. Congratulations to those members receiving grants in this round of NEA funding, including:
Ars Nova
Atlantic Theater Company
Diversionary Theatre
Horizon Theatre Company
The Lark
NAMT
The Old Globe
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Playwrights Horizons
The Public Theater
Roundabout Theatre Company
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Theater Latté Da
Theatre Under The Stars
Village Theatre
ZACH Theatre
Congratulations to all, and thank you to the NEA for supporting arts organizations throughout the country! For a full list of the recipients, visit the NEA’s website. 

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16 Musicals That Got Their Start at NAMT

This morning, Playbill published an article highlighting the impact of the NAMT Festival over the past 30 years, featuring excerpts of an interview with NAMT executive director Betsy King Militello. The article includes a brief overview of what the Festival does for our members, and the industry at large, along with a list of musicals that got their start at the Festival.

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NEA Awards Grants to NAMT and Our Members

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced that it will award over $25 million in grants to fund artistic projects and research, with just over $3 million going to companies working in the field of Theater & Musical Theatre. Many NAMT members have been selected to receive grants in this cycle, including $60,000 to NAMT itself, in support of our Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference. Congratulations to those members receiving grants in this round of NEA funding, including:
Ars Nova
Atlantic Theater Company
Dallas Theater Center
Diversionary Theatre
Goodspeed Musicals
Horizon Theatre Company
The Lark
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
MCC Theater
NAMT
The Old Globe
Playwrights Horizons
Prospect Theater Company
The Public Theater
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Village Theatre
ZACH Theatre
Congratulations to all, and thank you to the NEA for supporting arts organizations throughout the country! For a full list of the recipients, visit the NEA’s website. 

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NEA Awards Grants to NAMT and Our Members

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced that it will award over $30 million in grants to fund artistic projects and research, with $3,505,000 going to companies working in the field of Theater & Musical Theatre. Many NAMT members have been selected to receive grants in this cycle, including $55,000 to NAMT itself, in support of our Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference. Congratulations to those members receiving grants in this round of NEA funding, including:
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Ars Nova
Atlantic Theater Company
The Lark
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
The Old Globe
Playwrights Horizons
Portland Center Stage
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Village Theatre
ZACH Theatre
Congratulations to all, and thank you to the NEA for supporting arts organizations throughout the country! For a full list of the recipients, visit the NEA’s website. Watch the NEA’s video above to learn more about their impact on the arts in America.

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NEA Will Award Over $82 Million in Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has recently announced that it will award over $82 million in grants to fund artistic projects and research, with $2,735,000 going to companies working in the field of “Theater & Musical Theatre.” Many NAMT members have been selected to receive grants in the NEA’s 50th anniversary year, including NAMT itself, in support of our Festival of New Musicals and Fall Conference. Congratulations to those members receiving grants in this second announcement of NEA funding, including:
Barrington Stage Company
CAP 21
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Goodspeed Musicals
The Old Globe
Pace University
Paper Mill Playhouse
The Public Theater
Theater Latté Da
Walnut Street Theatre
Weston Playhouse
To view a full list of the grant recipients, visit the NEA’s website. Congratulations, all!

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Who Will Buy? Browsing Through NAMT’s Annual Musical Sampler Sale

American Theatre takes a look into the 2015 Festival of New Musicals, talking with writers and NAMT staff to give a full picture of the Festival and the opportunities it presents. Suzy Evans writes:

At the 2015 event, the talent indeed ranged from veritable unknowns to known quantities like [Duncan] Sheik and the Q Brothers. [Executive Director Betsy King] Militello insists that she tries to keep a diversity in the final projects in all areas.
“We can’t have eight shows that are all big and all sunshine, and on the flip side we can’t have eight shows that are all four-person ensembles,” Militello said, adding that she also wants a mix of musical styles and next-step opportunities for the work.
This year’s shows included a touching story about a young boy and his imaginary friend, a hip-hop take on Othello, a film noir-style mystery, a comedy set in the video game world, a dark comedy at an apocalyptic theatre, a Great Depression-era gothic fantasy, a tragedy about two immigrants in New York, and a fantastical story of a young boy’s mysterious adventure.
“It’s sort of a marketplace for people looking for new work to develop,” said Will Van Dyke, who was at the festival for the first time with his musical Imagine Harry, which he wrote with Jeff Talbott. “Ultimately, a goal is always production, but for us specifically, the goal is to find a place that would foster it from where we are now to a production.”
…The networking atmosphere between presentations is just as—if not more—important than the shows themselves. After each presentation, the writers go to a table outside the theatre and exchange demos for business cards. There are also happy hours and a closing night party where folks can mingle. These, as much as the performances, are where valuable connections are made that can further a work’s future.

Read more at americantheatre.org.

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WaterTower Theatre's CREEP-ing Ambition

The Dallas Morning News reports on NAMT member WaterTower Theatre’s ambitious undertaking, the world premiere musical Creep. The show’s journey wound up involving three NAMT members — our favorite kind of networking success story!

[WaterTower Artistic Director Terry] Martin was so intrigued, he directed a workshop of Creep as part of WaterTower’s annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in 2010. There was positive feedback, but Martin didn’t think it was ready for a full production….
Uptown Players staged a workshop in 2013 under the direction of Michael Serrecchia, a former star of Broadway’s original Chorus Line, who is now Musical Theatre Program Chair at KD Studio. Fowler added new songs and fresh visual touches, including having ensemble members portray the London fog.
Martin came to see it. He was impressed. There were many reasons not to do it. There were no big or familiar names to promote with the project. Fowler was a first-time musical composer. It was not a star vehicle. The subject matter was dark and, as a mystery, hard to summarize.
Still, Martin wanted to do it….
Putting the pieces together, however, would be tricky. A new musical is tough to finance because everything has to be done from scratch, from the orchestrations to the costumes and sets.
“I knew it could be staged if we got the right people at the table, including a strong director who could bring a fresh eye to it and who had experience developing new musicals,” Martin says.
He asked the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in New York for a recommendation. They suggested Kate Galvin, associate producer of the 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Read the whole story in The Dallas Morning News.

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Additional Festival and 46th Minute Casting Announced

We’ve announced additional casting for The 46th Minute, a concert featuring “great songs that almost made the cut” from the eight shows presented in 45-minute readings at the 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals. As Playbill.com reports:

The 46th Minute features songs from the musicals in this year’s festival, including those by Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik with Kyle Jarrow; Andrea Daly and Jeff Bienstock; Daryl Lisa Fazio and Aaron McAllister; Shawn and Seth Magill; Rebekah Greer Melocik and Jacob Yandura; Timothy Huang; The Q Brothers; and Jeff Talbott and Will Van Dyke.
Hosted by Godspell‘s Julia Mattison, the concert will feature performances many of the composers as well as Lilli Cooper (Spring Awakening, Wicked), Raymond Lee (Encores! The Wild Party), Kelvin Moon Loh (The King and I), Emily Padgett (Side Show), Taylor Trensch (Matilda), Lauren Worsham (Gentleman’s Guide…) and more.
The evening will also feature other original songs by Sheik (“Avalanche” from his new album “Legerdemain”), Jarrow (“Beautiful Monster” with Sky Pony), Daly (“Know I’m Yours”) and “Home” by Hovercraft (“Glide”).

Read more at Playbill.com, and use code MNFIVE915 to get $5 off tickets at TelechargeOffers.com or the New World Stages box office now!
 
Playbill also announced additional casting for the Festival itself, including Sarah Stiles (Hand to God), Jake Epstein (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Emily Padgett (Side Show), Zell Steele Morrow (Fun Home) and Emmy Raver-Lampman (Hamilton).
Read more at Playbill.com, or learn more about the Festival and register here. Advance registration closes on October 9!
 

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New Duncan Sheik Musical on NAMT’s 2015 Festival Slate

The National Alliance for Musical Theater has set the slate for its 2015 Festival of New Musicals, the annual showcase of new work that attracts commercial and regional stage producers from around the country.
Among the titles on tap is the latest by Duncan Sheik, the musician who’s been the subject of theater-world talk lately because of impending runs of two shows for which he composed the music: “Spring Awakening,” for which he won a 2007 Tony, and the new musical adaptation of “American Psycho.” At the NAMT festival he’ll show off “Noir,” about a man who obsessively eavesdrops on the couple in the apartment next door, written with book writer-lyricist Kyle Jarrow (“A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant”).
The 27-year-old NAMT Festival of New Musicals has served as a launching pad for shows including “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Striking 12,” among others.

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Anthony Drewe Talks About NAMT In The Stage

In an editorial advocating for more development opportunities for home-grown musicals in Britain by Mark Shenton in The Stage, Festival alumnus Anthony Drewe (Honk!, Festival 1999; The Three Little Pigs, Festival 2013) shared some nice words about NAMT and his experience (with partner George Stiles) being in the Festival.

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NAMT will turn the spotlight on four of its songwriting alumni, Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, String, Ebb, Kleban, Loewe and Rodgers Awards), Michael Koomanand Chris Dimond (Dani Girl, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes, Fred Ebb Award) and Alan Schmuckler (How Can You Run With a Shell On Your Back?). They will share songs from their NAMT Festival shows and new projects that are currently being worked on, sung by some of Broadway’s brightest stars. Scheduled to appear are Greg Hildreth (Cinderella, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes), Kevin Massey (Memphis, Gentleman’s Guide), Ciara Renée (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pippin), Kate Wetherhead (“Submissions Only”, Legally Blonde) and more to be announced!

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NAMT Press: Peter Filichia: "A Busy Time For Musicals"

Peter Filichia had some lovely things to say about the Festival in his column on Kritzerland.com last week:

Although the 2014 festival concluded two weeks ago, preparation for the 2015 festival will start in – yes – two weeks.
“We had 234 submissions this year, which are judged blindly and whittled down to about twenty and then eight,” says King Militello. “It’s exciting to see that volume of activity and that the writers explore every kind of topic.”
Some writers obviously become discouraged when they’re not part of the elite eight. “Well,” she says, “if you submit and aren’t accepted, submit again. A different committee may feel differently. We’re here to support the writers.”
Is she ever. “We pay for everything,” King Militello says, stressing the last word to ensure there’s no misunderstanding. “We have a $150,000 budget which averages out to be about $20,000 for each show.” And while NAMT’s footing the bills hits the spot, writers may profit just from networking with 650 industry attendees who travel from England to Hawaii.
Yes, NAMT is very proud that it helped THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE to achieve, but as Huldeen says, “Eighty-five percent of the shows we’ve done have led to other productions, or got the writers noticed enough to get a different show of theirs produced, OR got them a commission to write a new musical.”

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The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced initial casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, which will take place Oct. 23-24 at New World Stages.

The annual musical theatre event provides a platform for emerging and established theatre writers to showcase a 45-minute presentation of their works with casts featuring Broadway and Off-Broadway actors. Many of the new works find life at regional companies, as well as Off-Broadway and on Broadway.

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NAMT Press: Festival of New Musicals Announces Its Roster

The Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, the composer Adam Gwon and the composing duo Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond are among the names represented in this year’s Festival of New Musicals, produced by the National Alliance for Musical Theater, a national nonprofit organization.
The 26th annual festival will be held Oct. 23-24 at New World Stages, and will feature readings of eight musicals, whittled down from over 230 submissions. The festival can offer significant exposure; among those who typically attend are producers and regional-theater programmers, and last year the performers included the Tony winner Sutton Foster and the “Rocky” star Andy Karl.

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The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced nine awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, with recipients including the Public Theater, Goodspeed Musicals and Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The fund will provide grants totaling $35,500 to nine organizations across the country.

The National Fund for New Musicals is a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals.

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But this is not the only characteristic of NAMT that sets it apart from other new-work festivals. First of all, NAMT does not sell tickets to the festival. Huldeen described NAMT as a platform, a network mutually beneficial for artists and industry people that does not reap profits from the connections it facilitates.
The backgrounds of the audience also contributes to NAMT’s uniqueness. “Around seventy-five percent of the audience is tri-state area theatre workers, twenty percent from all over the country as well as Canada, and five percent or so are international members,” Huldeen said.

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The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) announces 15 awards granted from their National Fund for New Musicals, a major funding program to support NAMT member not-for-profit theatres in their collaborations with writers to create, develop and produce new musicals.  Now in its fourth year, the Fund will provide grants totaling $48,000 to 14 organizations across the country.
NAMT Executive Director Betsy King Militello stated, “We are honored to support our member theatres as they develop these exciting, innovative and provocative new musicals.  In the past four years, we have given out 45 grants totaling $205,000, all made possible by our generous funders including Stacey Mindich Productions, The Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation and The ASCAP Foundation. These projects will join a growing list of important new musicals added to the canon with support from our National Fund for New Musicals.”

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Tony Award-winning Memphis producers Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff have made a four-year pledge to support the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Fund for New Musicals.
The Alhadeffs, who are also NAMT members, are partners in Junkyard Dog Productions. The pledge coincides with the 1,000th performance of Memphis on Broadway March 14. The grant matches a five-year leadership pledge from Stacey Mindich.
NAMT’s Fund for New Musicals helps not-for-profit member theatres support the development of new works from writer residencies through workshops and on to full production. The 2012 grantees will be announced in April.

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National Alliance for Musical Theatre Receives $60,000 Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded a $60,000 Art Works grant to the National Alliance for Musical Theatre to support NAMT’s Fall Conference and 24th Annual Festival of New Musicals taking place in the fall of 2012. This significant contribution supports core components of NAMT’s mission including nurturing the development and production of new musicals as well as providing educational and informational resources to our 150 members.
Executive Director Betsy King Militello stated, “The NEA’s support is so crucial to the work we do in the field of musical theatre for both the industry and the artists. We are honored by and grateful for this Art Works grant.”

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NAMT festival sets slate: Javerbaum, Iconis and Gwon on tap

New offerings from former “Daily Show” head scribe David Javerbaum, Adam Gwon and Joe Iconis are among the eight works on tap for the Festival of New Musicals, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual industry showcase of developing tuners.
As in prior years, the tuners will be performed in 45-minute segs to an audience of NAMT members including producers, presenters and other industry types.

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Weston Playhouse gets $60,000 for world-premiere musical

By Andrew Gans, VermontBiz.com

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has received a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a $15,000 grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in support of its 2011 world-premiere musical production of Saint-Ex.  These grants are the latest show of support for Weston’s New Works program which began in 2007.
“We are pleased and honored to receive these latest grants, particularly in a 75th anniversary year,” commented WPTC Producing Director Steve Stettler.  “This is the first grant that we have received from NAMT and while we have received NEA funding every year since 2001, this is the largest grant in that ten year history.  It is a real testament to the part that Weston is playing in the development of new work.”

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Militello to Lead NAMT

Betsy King Militello has been tapped as exec director of Gotham’s National Alliance for Musical Theater, succeeding Kathy Evans.
A former management consultant, Militello recently served as veep of development at Outward Bound. She also has had nonprofit admin positions at Hunter College and the Big Apple Circus. Her legit production experience includes stage management and lighting gigs in pro and amateur troupes.

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